A new model for the zoo, based on conservation, research and education

22/12/2016 22:37 h

Cèlia Muns Prats

The workgroup tasked with deciding and managing the future of Barcelona Zoo wants to establish a model which guarantees animal welfare, boosts research, dissemination and education focusing on species which are threatened or in danger of extinction, in order to improve conditions for them.

The new model for the zoo, which will continue to be housed in the Parc de la Ciutadella, will go further than the current facilities, working for the preservation of species and conducting research into animals in captivity, paying particular attention to autochthonous species. It will also prioritise education, to strengthen knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystems, and above all, to raise awareness on the importance of conservation and the protection of habitats.

The Deputy Mayor for Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility, Janet Sanz, explained that City Council defends the future of the zoo, and that because of this “its facilities need updating and a new model developing based on the conservation in situ of species, specialising in research to improve animal welfare and working much more on the educational project”.

The municipal government, ERC and CUP have expressed their wish to discontinue the presence of dolphins at the facility for the sake of the welfare of the animals. The measure is the result of the request by the European Association for Aquatic Mammals to improve the situation of these animals before 2019. Given the complexity and problems which the required extension to the dolphinarium might cause for the animals in the zoo, agreement was reached to transfer the dolphins to new facilities which are more suitable for their health.

 

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